Cheese Box supplied by Andy Swinscoe, The Courtyard Dairy – Cheesemonger of the Year – World Cheese Awards.
The Courtyard Dairy stocks and supplies a carefully chosen range of unusual and exquisite farmhouse cheeses, selected direct from individual farms, and then only if the cheese is superior in quality and taste. No compromises.
For the best depth of flavour, these specialist cheeses are still made by hand on the farm, with most farmers using their own high-quality unpasteurised milk from a single herd of animals. Many of these farmers have less than 70 cows (the smallest producer has just 7 goats!).
The Courtyard Dairy’s cheeses are among the finest to be found anywhere in the world.
The Award-Winning Cheese Box includes the following cheeses:
A selection of four amazing cheeses, all top of their class and recent award winners, which includes the Killeen Goats Gouda, the rich ripe Camembert-style Tunworth, the nutty and strong, hard Old Winchester from Wiltshire, and the voluptuously rich Leeds Blue.
Killeen Goats Gouda – Pasteurised goats’ milk – 200g
Leaving Holland in search of the Irish ‘good-life’, Marion Roeleveld developed this goats’ milk Gouda with milk given by her own goats. Killeen is further aged for 11 months; the cheese develops a greater depth of flavour as the sweetness and toasty-roasted hazelnut flavours show through. Has won more awards than you can shake a stick at including Best Irish Cheese & Best Goats Cheese (British Cheese Awards) and Supreme Champion Cheese (Irish Cheese Awards).
Tunworth Camembert – Pasteurised cows’ milk – 250g
An English Camembert good enough to make a Frenchman weep: vegetal, porcini-flavoured and intense. Only particular Tunworths that are more wrinkled, for a more intense flavour are selected. Winner: Supreme Champion (British Cheese Awards 2013 & 2006).
Old Winchester – Pasteurised cows’ milk, vegetarian – 250g
Needing an outlet for their milk, Mike and Judie developed Old Winchester. This Gouda-style cheese aged for 18 months; caramelised, smoky and with crystalline crunches. Winner: Best Modern British Cheese (British Cheese Awards 2007).
Leeds Blue – Unpasteurised sheep’s’ milk – 250g
Mario Olianas moved to Yorkshire from Italy in 2001. Hailing from a budding family of Italian gourmets and cheese-makers, Mario uses sheep’s milk from Harrogate to create this smooth, rich and creamy Leeds Blue in an Italian style. Winner at Artisan Cheese Awards.
All the cheeses in this selection box have also been previous award and medal winning cheeses at The British Cheese Awards, World Cheese Awards and International Cheese Awards.